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Summer Rural Program

Offered in the summer between the first and second years of medical school, the Summer Training Option in Rural Medicine (STORM) elective is open to medical students from all three of our campuses.

The Summer Training Option in Rural Medicine (STORM) is an elective rotation for medical students, sponsored by ORME, the Departments of Family Medicine on the Kansas City and Wichita campuses and other partners. The program is offered in the summer between first and second years of medical school and is open to medical students from all three campuses.

Students learn about medicine, the people they work with, how to practice with limited resources and themselves. The program involves active clinical training as well as practice-based research in rural primary care settings across the state of Kansas.

This program provides a unique learning opportunity for students to advance clinical skills and to begin to understand the complexity of clinical practice. It also offers students a chance to understand the rewards of such practice and the fulfillment a physician receives from providing direct service to patients and families in the community setting.

Prior studies and analyses indicate that students who participate in this program are more likely to pursue residencies in primary care and ultimately become part of the rural primary care workforce in the State of Kansas.

The Summer Training Option in Rural Medicine is funded by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, J.H. Baker Trust, Sutton Family Fund, Kansas Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, and the KU School of Medicine.

 Michael Kennedy, MD, FAAFP, Associate Dean for Rural Health Education and STORM Director

Summer Training Option in Rural Medicine (STORM): Summer of 2017

Students Suturing Pigs Feet

Students Suturing Pigs Feet

Check out some reflection papers from our students, detailing their experiences: 

Vanessa Armendariz

Luke Hance

Ryan Hoang

KU School of Medicine

Office of Rural Medical Education
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Mail Stop 2001
Kansas City, KS 66160 

913-588-8221
Fax: 913-588-5259